Ashley Dennis

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Lecturer in Medical Education

Biography

Ashley is a Lecturer at the Centre for Medical Education (CME). She initially joined the Centre as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC). Her background is psychology having completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews, where she examined social problem solving, memory, and depression.

Research

Ashley’s research interests surround understanding how health professionals develop resiliency and coping skills as they progress through their training. She is particularly interested in how educational structures support this development. Other research projects she has been involved with include exploring Scottish medical and dental education research priorities, evaluating supervised learning events in the foundation programme, and exploring communication anxiety and burnout in medical students.

Lectures and conferences

 

Watson, E., Cecil, J., Cleland, J., Dennis, A., & Laidlaw, A. (2017). What can we learn about burnout through the perceptions and experiences of medical students? Poster presented at the NES Seventh Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Dennis, A.A. (2017). Getting started with setting priorities: Developing the agenda for health professions education research. The Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT) Research Methods Seminar, School of Education, University of Dundee.

Leduc, J., Rioux, R., Gagnon, R., Bourdy, C., & Dennis, A. (2016). Sociodemographic characteristics of applicants as barriers and enablers to communication in multiple mini-interviews. Presented at AMEE 2016 Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 2016

Dennis, A.A., Gordon, L., Howden, S., & Jindal-Snape, D. (2016). Evaluating Year Two of the Student Transitions to HE. Presented at the School of Education and Social Work Annual research and Scholarship conference 2016, Dundee, Scotland.

Dennis, A.A. (2016). Getting started with setting priorities: Developing the agenda for health professions education research. Invited speaker at the Health Professions Education and Educational Research Seminar Series, Monash University, Australia.

Laidlaw, A., Dennis, A., Cleland, J., & Cecil, J. (2016). Burnout and health behaviours in medical undergraduate students. Presented at the Ottawa/ANZAPHE Conference 2016, Perth, Australia.

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K., Dennis, A., & Rees, C. (2016). Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise including multiple stakeholders. Presented at the Ottawa/ANZAPHE Conference 2016, Perth, Australia.

Dennis, A.A., Ajjawi, R., Rees, C. (2016). Getting started with setting priorities: Developing the agenda for health professions education research. Presented at the Ottawa/ANZAPHE Conference 2016, Perth, Australia.

Schumann, M., & Dennis, A. (2015). Implementation for national competencies in Egypt: House officers’ and first year residents’ experiences of learning. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Laidlaw, A., Dennis, A., Cleland, J., & Cecil, J. (2015). Burnout and health behaviours in medical undergraduate students. Presented at the NES Fifth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Laidlaw, A., Dennis, A., Ross, S., & Cecil, J. (2015). Investigating burnout and health behaviours in medical undergraduate students. Presented at the NES Fifth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Barton, K., Ajjawi, R., Dennis, A., & Rees, C. (2015). What are the dental education research priorities for Scotland? Presented at the NES Fifth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK

Medical Education, "Exploring Stakeholders' Views Of Medical Education Research Priorities: A National Survey- Ashley Dennis". Medical Education Podcast 2014-2016. N.p., 2014. Web. 17 Jan. 2017.

Foy, M., Dennis, A., Monrouxe, L., & Rees, C. (2014). Exploring the emotional talk of UK Foundation Programme trainers and trainees in their narratives of feedback and assessment experiences. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education Conference, Brighton, UK.

Dennis, A., Cleland, J., Johnston, P., Ker, J., Lough, M., & Rees, C. (2014). Identifying priorities for medical education research: A Scotland-wide survey involving multiple stakeholders. Presented at the NES Fourth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Foy, M., Dennis, A., Monrouxe, L.V., & Rees, C.E. (2014). Exploring emotional talk of trainers and trainees about experiences of supervised learning events. Presented at AMEE 2014 Conference, Milan, Italy, 2014.

Rees, C., Dennis, A., Kelly, N., Cleland, J., Mattick, K., Monrouxe, L. (2014). Understanding trainees’ and trainers’ experiences of supervised learning events in the Foundation Programme: A UK-wide qualitative study. Presented at the NES Fourth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Foy, M., Dennis, A., Monrouxe, L., Rees, C. (2014). Exploring the emotional talk of trainers and junior doctors during their narratives of assessment and feedback. Presented at the NES Fourth Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Rees, C.E., Dennis, A., Leese, G., Lough, M., Ker, J., Cleland, J., Johnston, P. (2014). Identifying priorities for medical education research in Scotland: involving stakeholders to set the national research agenda. The Canadian Conference on Medical Education and the Ottawa Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2014.

Rees, C.E., Dennis, A., Kelly, N., Cleland, J., Mattick, K., Monrouxe, L.V. (2014). Understanding trainees’ and trainers’ experiences of supervised learning events in the UK Foundation Programme. The Canadian Conference on Medical Education and the Ottawa Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 2014.

Dennis, A., & Rees, C. (2014). Understanding trainees’ and trainers’ experiences of supervised learning events in the UK Foundation Programme. Presented for the CMDN Seminar Series, Dundee, Scotland.

Dennis, A., Kelly, N., Cleland, J., Mattick, K., Monrouxe, L., Rees, C. (2013). Understanding foundation trainees’ experiences of the new supervised learning events. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A., Lough, M., Ker, J., Cleland, J., Johnston, P., Leese, G., Rees, C. (2013). Priorities for Medical Education Research Across Scotland. Presented at the Association for the Study of Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A., Lough, M. (2013). Research in medical education workshop. Presented at the NHS Education for Scotland Third Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A. Kelly, N., Cleland, J., Mattick, K., Monrouxe, L., Rees, C. (2013). Evaluating experiences of the new supervised learning events in the foundation programme. Presented at the NES Third Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A., Lough, M., Ker, J., Cleland, J., Johnston, P., Leese, G., Rees, C. (2013). Identifying medical education research priorities in Scotland. Presented at the NES Third Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Laurie, G., Steven, L., Black, G., McCowan, C., Dennis, A. (2013). Recommendations to support the implementation of the Data Protection Guidance provided for the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium. Poster presented at the NES Third Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A. (2013). Identifying medical education research priorities: Consulting relevant stakeholders across Scotland. Presented at the University of Dundee, College of Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing Research Symposium, Crief Hydro, Crief, UK.

Dennis, A. (2013). Setting the agenda for medical education research in Scotland: preliminary findings from an online survey. Presented at the College of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing Educational Research Seminars, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK.

Dennis, A., Lough, M. (2012). Identifying medical education priorities for developing and enhancing the workforce and workplace learning environments in Scotland. Presented at the NHS Education for Scotland Second Annual Medical Education Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Dennis, A., & Dritschel, B. (2011). The relationship between social problem solving ability and characteristics of automatic memories retrieved whilst problem-solving as a function of mood. Poster presented at the International Conference on Memory 2011, York, UK.

Dennis, A., & Dritschel, B. (2011). Spontaneous autobiographical memory retrieval during social problem solving across the mood spectrum. Presented at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition Conference 2011, New York, USA.

Dennis, A., & Dritschel, B., Astell, A. (2009). The effects of imagery on autobiographical memory retrieval during social problem-solving. Presented at the Autobiographical Memory Meeting 2009, Freie University, Berlin.

Teaching

Ashley’s current educational activities include teaching on the Certificate, Diploma & Masters in Medical Education courses where she leads the Learning and Teaching, Educational Support and Medical Education Research modules. She is also currently lead for the PhD programme and is supervising a number of Masters and PhD students. Finally, Ashley leads the Great Conversations workshop programme for the medical school.

Publications

 

Dennis, A.A., Foy, M.J., Monrouxe, L.V., Rees, C.E. (In Press). Exploring trainer and trainee emotional talk in workplace-based feedback narratives. Advances in Health Sciences Education.

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K., Dennis, A.A, Rees, C.E. (2017). Developing a national dental education research strategy: Priorities, barriers, and enablers. BMJ Open, 7, e013129. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2016- 013129

Leduc, J., Rioux, R., Gagnon, R., Bourdy, C., Dennis, A. (2016). Impact of sociodemographic characteristics of applicants in multiple mini-interviews. Medical Teacher DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2017.1270431

Laidlaw, A., Cecil, J., Dennis, A., Cleland, J. (2016). Burnout and health behaviours in medical undergraduate students. End of award report submitted to Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium.

Gordon, L., Dennis, A.A., Jindal-Snape, D., Howden, S. (2016). Evaluation of year 2 of the Student Transitions Enhancement Theme. End of award report, Quality Assurance Agency. http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk/docs/report/evaluation-of-year-2-of-the-student-transitions-enhancement-theme.pdf?sfvrsn=8

Ajjawi, R., Barton, K., Dennis, A., Rees, C.E. (2015). Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise including multiple stakeholders. Final report submitted to NES and Scottish Oral Health Research Collaboration Dental Education Research Group.

Dennis, A.A., Cleland, J.A., Johnston, P., Ker, J.S., Lough, M., and Rees, C.E. (2014). Exploring stakeholders' views of medical education research priorities: a national survey. Medical Education, 48(11), 1078-91.

Rees, C.E., Cleland, J.A, Dennis, A.A., Narcie, K., Mattick, K., and Monrouxe, L.V. (2014). Supervised learning events in the Foundation Programme: a UK-wide narrative interview study. BMJ Open, 4(10), e005980 DOI:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005980

Rees, C., Cleland, J., Mattick, K., Monrouxe, L., Dennis, A., Kelly, N. (2013). Supervised learning events qualitative evaluation project. End of award report, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

Dennis, A.A., Astell, A., Dritschel, B. (2012). The effects of imagery on problem-solving ability and autobiographical memory. Journal of Behavior Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry, 43, 4-11.

Dennis, A.A., Warren, R., Neville, F., Laidlaw, A., Ozakinci, G. (2012). Anxiety about anxiety in medical undergraduates, The Clinical Teacher, 9, 330-3.